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No Host Social

Wednesday, July 30; 7:00 p.m.
Join your colleagues on Wednesday evening in the hotel lobby bars.

SSAR/HL Student Social - South Rotunda Upper Level, Chattanooga Convention Center

Thursday, July 31; 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join SSAR and HL Board members and several invited senior herpetologists at this special reception for current student members of SSAR and HL. Finger food and drink tickets will be provided.

Joint Meeting Opening Reception
Tennessee Aquarium

Thursday, July 31; 7:00-10:00 p.m.

This year's Joint Meeting opening reception will be at the world famous Tennessee Aquarium. With over 10,000 animals, come see why it has been rated the Best Aquarium in America for three consecutive years. The aquarium offers a journey through two buildings loaded with things to do and engaging experiences on Chattanooga’s beautiful downtown riverfront. River Journey fascinates visitors with river otters, turtles, alligators, giant catfish, and thousands of freshwater wonders. Ocean Journey delights guests with penguins, sharks, butterflies, and often scuba divers who interact with guests.

The reception menu is still to be determined.

The Joint Meeting reception is included in all full conference, first exhibitor representative, and accompanying persons registration fees. All others must purchase a reception ticket.

Additional guest reception tickets: $40.00 per person

NIA Meeting - Banquet Room E, Chattanooga Convention Center

Friday, August 1; 6:00-7:00 p.m.

AES Banquet – Chattanoogan Hotel

Sunday, August 3, 6:00 p.m.
Professional AES Member = $50
Student AES Member = $35
Non-member = $55

On Sunday, August 3 from 6:00 p.m. until midnight, the American Elasmobranch Society Banquet will be held in the ballroom of the Chattanoogan located at 1201 Broad Street. The social hour will start at 6:00 p.m., with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. The buffet menu will consist of classic Caesar salad, mini salad bar, sweet tea brined rotisserie chicken, garlic studded roast beef, four cheese ravioli, roasted garlic whipped potatoes, wilted baby spinach, and dessert. Wine will be served with dinner, plus cash bars will be available.

ASIH Closing Picnic – Tennessee Pavilion

Sunday, August 3, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Professional = $45
Student = $35

All are welcome!

On Sunday, August 3 from 7:00-10:00 p.m., join friends and colleagues at the Tennessee Pavilion for the ASIH Closing Picnic. A picnic dinner will be served in the Tennessee Pavilion with BBQ meats, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Each ticket includes two free drink tickets with each meal.​

Live music will be playing in the pavilion, with games across the street at Finley Stadium – Davenport Field, home to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team. It will be a fun night!

SSAR/HL Live Auction – Banquet Rooms EFG, Chattanooga Convention Center

Sunday, August 3, 9:00 p.m.

The HL/SSAR live auction is an opportunity to support the programs of SSAR and HL and to clean out your office or house of those interesting and valuable herp or fish related items. Any herp or fish related item - including books, art, sculptures, famous autographs, field equipment, or clothing - is appreciated. Please note that items made from amphibians, reptiles, fish, or parts thereof, should NOT be donated. Donations are tax deductible. Receipts will be issued on request (please request receipt at time of donation). If you are interested in donating to the Live Auction, please contact Greg Watkins-Colwell ( for more information.

Please have the shipments for the Live Auction addressed to:

Anna George
Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute
201 Chestnut St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Group Photos

JMIH Group Photo - Thursday, July 31; 12:00 p.m. (immediately following the Plenary Session); Chattanooga Convention Center lobby area near the North Rotunda.

AES Group Photo – Sunday, August 3 at AES Banquet

Tennessee Fishes Extravaganza! CANCELED

August 4-6, 2014
Organized by Darrin Hulsey and Ben Keck
Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

There’s no better place in North America to see the diversity of native freshwater fishes than Tennessee! More species of freshwater fish occur in Tennessee than in any other state, and we will snorkel and seine three completely different fish communities. We are guaranteed to see a number of endangered species in the wild and see many more during a tour of Conservation Fisheries, Inc., Additionally, we will tour the David A. Etnier Ichthyological Collection at the University of Tennessee, which contains over 38,000 lots including ~2500 species from throughout the Southeastern USA and much of the world. We will also sample a few of east Tennessee’s best BBQ shacks (alternatives available).

Cost: $50 per person. Any money left after expenses will go to the DAE Ich. Collection Fund.

Included: Transportation from Chattanooga on Monday to all destinations during the trip, and to airports/hotel in Chattanooga or Knoxville on Wednesday. Light breakfast Tuesday and Wednesday. Dinner and beverages Monday and Tuesday. Accommodations Monday and Tuesday nights.

Registration and Questions: Darrin Hulsey,, or Ben Keck,

Availability: Minimum 5 and maximum 20.

Accommodations: University of Tennessee field station just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, We will be staying at the outdoor Teaching Facility, which has covered sleeping bunks and a bathhouse. We suggest you bring a sleeping pad, lightweight sleeping bag or sheet, and a towel.


Monday: Leave Chattanooga ~9 am in UT passenger vans and drive to the Conasauga River on the Tennessee/Georgia state line. The Conasauga R. is part of the Mobile Drainage and we will get to snorkel with many of the fishes comprising the Mobile Basin’s diverse fish fauna. Local BBQ for lunch. After lunch we will stop at a locality on the Hiwassee River where we’ll get the first introduction to the upper Tennessee fish fauna, and possibly some Hellbenders. In the late afternoon we’ll head to the UT field station and some Sweet P’s BBQ. After food, you’ll have the choice of relaxation or some herping in the most species-rich salamander fauna in the world.

Tuesday: A light breakfast will be provided before a drive into Knoxville. The first stop will be a tour of the David A. Etnier Ichthyological Collection at the University of Tennessee. We will have lunch at Dead End BBQ before heading to the Little River at TN 411 bridge, where every UT ichthyology student has sampled the diverse fish community for the past 50 years. We will then travel from the Little River in the Valley and Ridge physiographic province to the Little Pigeon River in the Blue Ridge physiographic province, and you will find that most of the species of fish are different in these much colder, higher altitude stream reaches. Plus, this 2nd locality is in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We will head back to the field station at dusk for a dinner of Deep South Smokehouse BBQ, and rest and/or herping.

Wednesday: A light breakfast will be provided before packing up and driving into Knoxville. We will visit CFI’s home base and take a tour of the facility where you will get to see some of southeastern North America’s rarest and most gorgeous fishes. Around noon we will grab a quick lunch before providing transportation to airports or a hotel in Chattanooga or Knoxville. There are many other great things to do in eastern Tennessee, so don’t miss this unique opportunity!